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A significant portion of the violin shredding has been altered for playability reasons.
Well, I should've made this topic about 10 years ago, but I suppose better late than never.

I think the submission template would look much better without quotation marks around the title of the piece. Yes, this is a minor change, but this would also mean that there would be no pressing need to update older sheets, which could be fixed whenever the opportunity presents itself. The way I see it, it would be no worse than with the updated site URL.
Feedback / Preferential Treatment
December 07, 2018, 06:46:02 PM
(This post is tied to a discussion that took place following the recent Smash Bros. update.)

Basically, I think the update team has demonstrated clear favouritism towards their own arrangements, while neglecting those of other submitters. I'll use myself as an example, but I'm sure there are others in the same situation.

Since the day I've submitted my second sheet to the site (which was March 20, 2017), I've kept both of my submission slots full at all times. I have counted 16 updates since that date which don't tie in to any particular theme (such as a specific game, console, etc.), and so in theory I should have been able to have up to 32 submissions uploaded to the site, submitting new arrangements every time old ones were accepted. I did just that, but, as of today, only six of my sheets have been uploaded to the site. (I estimate this number should be around 15–20, had my contributions been taken action on in a timely manner.) In contrast, if we look at Latios (who I swear I don't have anything against personally; he's just a really good example here), I've counted 72 submissions of his that were reviewed, accepted, and uploaded to site site in the exact same time span. Of those, 35 were tied to regular updates, and 37 were tied to special thematic updates.

I'd like to point out that this isn't due to any issue on my end. I don't pretend to be the best arranger in the world by any means, but I know how to write music, I know my way around Finale (I know some people have delays because of compatibility issues, but this isn't the case with me), and I generally reply to comments within a few days at most. I've resorted to bumping a few times (which I hate), but, as I often see on other submitters' threads, this generally draws the acknowledgement of one updater and nothing more. If it weren't for Libera, I think I'd be under the impression that most updaters only ever look at the forum when it's time for an update, at which point they promptly have their own arrangements accepted and (as an afterthought) offer some feedback to ordinary submitters, and the latter can only hope that these modifications will suffice when the next update comes around.

I've been told I can ask updaters directly for feedback via Discord. This is beside the point: I'm not asking for a thorough dissection of my stylistic choices relative to the original at each point in the piece (though if anyone is enthusiastic enough about one of my arrangements that they present me with that, I'd gladly go over it), I'm asking for someone to listen to the two-minute loop while looking at the sheet to see if it looks all right or not, and this within a timely delay of my submitting it. I shouldn't have to ask for special treatment for something as basic as that; no one should. (Additionally, the way I see it, work on arrangements should take place in the forums, where anyone can observe it and learn from it, not in private on a Discord server. This isn't a drug deal; it's the diffusion of knowledge and artistic sensibilities—don't hide it away where nobody can see it.)

And please, do not bring up the infamous WaluigiTime Mario Kart Wii Rainbow Road case, saying I shouldn't complain because I don't have it so bad, after all. Not only do I have an active submission that's outlasted it, but, more importantly, it's evidence that I'm not the only one dealing with ridiculously long delays. (You'll notice that it was bumped several times, to little avail.) I believe I'm the current record holder for longest-standing submission, and, if that's the case, I sincerely hope to keep that title, because no one should have to wait anywhere near that long a period for such little progress.

Also, I can't help but see special projects as a means to bypass the two submission limit. They're started by the updaters, and only deal with specific games that interest them personally. I, too, can get hyped for a a game (new or not) and start binge-arranging tracks from it, and a "special project" like this is exactly what I'd come up with to slip all of that past the radar. I think it's very telling when special projects not only take priority over the regular submission process, but the latter completely grinds to a halt despite daily activity from multiple updaters. I've been told multiple times that the updaters simply don't have the time to do much, but I think we can see from this recent Smash update that this is misleading at best.

(Another thing: this doesn't affect me directly, but I hate seeing feedback that consists of a few points on formatting, and a mention that further issues and note checking will wait until that's resolved. I don't mind seeing criticism in multiple parts if you miss something your first time through and notice it later, but deliberately withholding information and handing out criticism one crumb at a time is asking for submissions to take an eternity.)
Piano Arrangements / D3ath3657's Arrangements
April 04, 2017, 06:20:11 PM
Final Fantasy VII

Costa del Sol[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX]

Fire Emblem Fates

Lost in Thoughts All Alone[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX]

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Riverside (Normal)[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX]

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Twilight Realm[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX]

Radiant Historia

The Garden Where the Celestite Lies[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX]


Honkytonky Parade[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX]


Pick of the Litter[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX](Undergoing revision.)

Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis

Battle BGM 8 (Angel's Headstone)[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX]

Touhou 8: Imperishable Night

Retribution for the Eternal Night ~ Imperishable Night[PDF][MID][MUS][MUSX]

More to come...